Privacy Policy

Drexel University Libraries is currently revising our Privacy Policy. Please return to this page for additional updates.

Please find our previous policy below. If you have any feedback contact us at libassist@drexel.edu.

Drexel University Libraries value our patrons' privacy and actively work to keep patron borrowing and library use information confidential. The libraries comply with Pennsylvania State law (24 P.S. sec. 4428) which states:

Records related to the circulation of library materials which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of the State Library or any local library which is established or maintained under any law of the Commonwealth or the library of any university, college, or educational institution chartered by the Commonwealth or the library of any public school or branch reading room, deposit station or agency operated in connection therewith, shall be confidential and shall not be made available to anyone except by a court order in a criminal proceeding.

Furthermore, Drexel University Libraries adheres to the American Library Association's privacy policies and its privacy interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. For more detail on the Association's recommended policies and practices, see the Intellectual Freedom Manual (8th edition) and the Privacy and Confidentiality links from the American Library Association web site.

Library patrons are encouraged to take responsibility for protecting the privacy of their personal e-mail or other network accounts, their University ID numbers, and other passwords. When using library workstations, please close the browser or exit the application when you have completed your work.

Courtesy in the Libraries

The Libraries have the primary mission of meeting the essential information, intellectual, teaching, learning, and research needs of the University; in order to fulfill this mission for all members of the University community, we ask that those using the Libraries observe the following courtesies:

Cell Phone and Video Chat Use

The Libraries' policy regarding the use of cell phones attempts to strike a balance between the maintenance of a library environment conducive to research and study, while accommodating the increasing presence of cell phones on campus. Common sense and courtesy is the order of the day.

Owners of cell phones are expected to turn telephone ringers off, or to the lowest volume level while in the library. If cell phone use is required, users will be expected to move to a location away from fellow students so conversations will not disturb others. Loud conversation is both unnecessary and unacceptable. Extensive cell phone conversation while in the library is discouraged. Just like use of a headset is expected for patrons who need to listen to audio on personal or library computers, speaker phone or video chat is unacceptable.

As a courtesy to the other patrons, please use the study rooms only for video chat at a reasonable volume. Use of Skype or other video chat in the hubs, labs, and computer stations is forbidden.

Areas in each library considered designated quiet areas are off-limits to cell phone use.

In Hagerty Library, the lower level, and areas near the restrooms on each floor may be used for quiet, brief cell phone conversations. In the Hahnemann Library, the lounge areas immediately outside of each of the Health Sciences Libraries, or adjacent to the Computer Lab, are the appropriate areas for phone use.

Food and Drink

Please clean up after yourself and use the trash and recycling receptacles for any waste. Please report any spills that occur to Library Staff.

What food and drink ARE allowed:

  • Beverages are allowed if they are in sturdy, spill-proof containers.
  • SNACKS are dry and free of aroma (candy bars, nuts, pretzels etc).  They are allowed at tables and chairs, in study carrels, and lounge chairs and sofas.
  • Meal type items (Pizza, burgers, fries, fruit, hoagies, sandwiches, salads, etc.) may be consumed in the Bookmark Café at WW Hagerty Library and in the First Floor Vestibule at Center City Library.

What food and drink ARE NOT allowed:

  • With the exception of the Bookmark Café in WW Hagerty Library and the First Floor Vestibule at Center City Library, MEALS are not allowed.  MEALS are anything served hot, made to order, or eaten with utensils (Pizza, burgers, fries, fruit, hoagies, sandwiches, salads, etc.)
  • Uncovered beverages.
  • Food deliveries will be denied entry.
  • Alcohol is strictly forbidden.

Where NO food or drink are allowed:

  • At computer stations.
  • Near library-owned laptops.
  • Near media equipment (scanners, video players).
  • At copiers and microfilm scanners.
  • In stacks and shelving areas.
  • In the Archives and Special Collections room.

Noise Levels

Noise levels vary widely within the libraries. Learners use the space for quiet, individual study in addition to collaborative group work. The following designations are defined in order to provide an environment that is comfortable, inviting, and conducive to study for all of our users.

Silent Zone:

No talking, no group study, cell phones should be turned off or set to silent

Quiet Zone:
Low talking, cell phones turned off or set to silent, quiet conversational noise.

Collaborative Zone:
Group studying, group conversational noise

General Noise Guidelines:

  • Be considerate of others.  
  • Areas near the service desks generally will be noisier than elsewhere.
  • Headphones may be used if noise from the headphones is not audible to others.
  • Laptop computers and library computers may be operated, but all sound or audio features must be turned off.  Video Chat is not permitted.
  • Cell phones and pagers should be turned to silent or off.  If you must use your cell phone to make or receive a phone call while in the libraries, you are encouraged to do so in the high noise areas, the designated areas near the stairwells, or go outside.  
  • Talking should be kept at a normal level.
  • Individuals collaborating in Group Study Rooms should keep the door shut in order to contain any noise.

Those who fail to follow these policies will be asked to either conform or leave the library. Additional sanctions may be imposed on repeat offenders.

Non-Drexel offenders may be barred from the library entirely.

Libraries Facilities Use Policy

Free expressive activities and inquiry are fundamental to the academic endeavor. With this right to free expression comes a responsibility to consider and accommodate the rights of other members of the campus community. Drexel University Libraries supports the right of individuals (students, faculty, and staff) and groups that are affiliated with the University to discuss, express, advocate or examine issues or ideas within constitutionally valid limitations. Therefore, Drexel University affiliated individuals and groups may conduct orderly seminars, discussions and events if they do not disrupt the normal or previously scheduled activities of the University or University affiliated entities, violate the free speech, assembly or movement of other individuals or organizations, damage property, or create an unsafe situation for any individual, group or organization.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Drexel University Libraries’ spaces are used for purposes that are consistent with the Libraries’ role as a learning enterprise dedicated to providing access to authoritative information regardless of format, to building learning environments, to strengthening connections to scholarship and to modeling an entrepreneurial organization.

Mission for Libraries facilities

The Libraries has the primary mission of meeting the essential information needs of students, faculty and staff to support the intellectual, teaching, learning, and research activities of the University.  The use of the Libraries’ facilities may be denied if the activities interfere with the philosophy, missions, or goals of Drexel University, a non-profit institution.

The Libraries provides a variety of different services which vary based on an individual’s University affiliation. For details see (www.library.drexel.edu/services-for). Drexel community members and visitors may use library spaces for learning activities including: collaborative meetings/discussions, independent study, instruction, brainstorming, or interdisciplinary activities. These spaces are not intended to replace offices or departmental conference rooms and include group study rooms, learning labs, computer classrooms and conference rooms. Spaces vary in capacity and features.

General Guidelines for Use of Facilities:

  • Reservation requests must be submitted at least 24 business hours in advance of the reservation
  • Spaces are only available for one time use, recurring reservations will be approved on a case by case basis
  • Food is prohibited unless otherwise noted, all trash should be removed prior to vacating the space; all University facilities are smoke-free.
  • Original furniture configurations should be restored before vacating.

Prohibited uses

The Libraries’ facilities should not be used for commercial programs or fundraising activities, or for personal profit.

In order to provide a quiet study space for those using the library, disruptive demonstrations and protests by students, faculty, or staff or affiliated groups are not permitted. The use of public address systems or loudspeakers is completely prohibited. Any use of amplifiers must be approved by the library’s administrative department.

Access to Facilities

Photo ID is required to enter buildings housing libraries. Special permission for events whose participants include visitors (non-Drexel affiliation) may be required during Finals periods, evenings and on weekends. If an event includes visitors who are not affiliated with Drexel, a list of participants’ names should be provided 24 hours prior to the event.


Reservations (www.library.drexel.edu/reserve-room) will be approved based on availability and an appropriate match of reservation needs and features of space, e.g. technology, furnishings, capacity, etc. First priority will be given to the Libraries’ programs and services, and then to Drexel University affiliated individuals and groups including departments, recognized student organizations, students, faculty and staff. Reservations are not final until they have been confirmed by the Libraries and may be modified at the discretion of the Libraries. Every effort will be made to rebook a reservation in comparable space if this is necessary.

The Libraries requires that appropriate security be present to preserve order and protect the safety of its students, employees and property. The requesting department or individual is responsible for security costs beyond those normally incurred by the Libraries. Catering, AV, and housekeeping costs will be paid by the requesting department, group, or individual.

Reservable Libraries Spaces

Group Study Rooms and meda:scape workspaces

Small rooms are available primarily for use by groups of students requiring conversation for group project work or studying along. Because this type of work is frequently necessary for Drexel University assignments, cooperation is needed to extend the use of the rooms to as many students as possible.

The Libraries has a total of 40 group study rooms on all three campuses. Group study rooms can be reserved online (library.drexel.edu/reserve-room) and are intended for small group use.

W. W. Hagerty Library has 21 Group Study Rooms available for group use, accommodating from 4 to 12 people. All study rooms have a writing surface or wall-mounted monitor. Dry erase markers and erasers may be checked out from the Circulation Desk.

Hahnemann Library has 14 Group Study Rooms available for group use, accommodating 4-14 people. All study rooms have a writing surface.

Queen Lane Library has 5 Group Study Rooms, accommodating 4-6 people. Rooms are equipped with wall-mounted monitors and writing surfaces.

media:scape is a collaborative workspace in which users can share digital information equally on two flat screen monitors positioned at the end of the table. This allows for groups to collectively share their contributions and ideas. There are three media:scape tables; one each at Hahnemann Library, W. W. Hagerty Library, and  the Library Learning Terrace.

Guidelines for Use:

  • Use is limited to Drexel University students, faculty and staff with current validated University ID.
  • Groups of 2 or more people can reserve spaces for a maximum of 3 hours.
  • Users should not leave library materials in group study rooms and should not leave personal belongings unattended.
  • If a study room or media:scape is not booked, then it is considered a common study area.
  • Groups are expected to arrive on time, and use for the period reserved. If a group does not arrive within 10 minutes of reservation time, the space may be used as a common study area.

Mary E. Hagerty Learning Lab [WW Hagerty, Room L33]

Accommodates 24 people for interdisciplinary meetings, presentations, and events. The tables and chairs are on wheels and can be adjusted for unique configurations. The room also provides a projector, desktop computer, connections for a laptop, a Smart Board, Smart kapp board, and a glass writing surface.

The Smart kapp board offers collaborative technology by pairing a dry-erase whiteboard with a freely downloadable app that allows users to save and share content in real time. Once at least one mobile device is connected to the Smart kapp board, the board’s content can appear on up to 5 devices – updating in real time and allowing for collaboration across other locations. Users can save content as jpeg or PDF files. 

Though intended primarily for library instruction activities, occasionally the Learning Lab may be available to Drexel faculty for one-time class sessions or a short series of sessions that require a SMART classroom. Subject to availability and at the library’s discretion, the Mary E. Hagerty Learning Lab may also host Drexel-affiliated meetings and presentations sponsored by individual departments and Drexel affiliated student groups and to provide space for large study groups of 10-24 people.

Research Connections [WW Hagerty, Room 210]

Designated faculty collaborative or quiet space with flexible and comfortable seating, a white board, projector, and speaker phone. Uses include: faculty collaboration, interdisciplinary review of student work, pop-up conversations, meetings with liaison librarians, and work space for individual faculty. The Research Connections space is located on the second floor of W. W. Hagerty Library and encourages faculty to connect over shared research interests and ideas. The space is available between 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday and seating accommodates 12. Maximum occupancy is 22.

Bookmark Café [WW Hagerty]

Designated as one of the Libraries’ 24/7 spaces, requests for events in this space must support student learning and or collaborations with Libraries’ programming efforts. Maximum occupancy is 70. Contact Library Administration (215.895.2750) to reserve this space.

Harry Stern Judaic Studies Seminar Room [WW Hagerty, Room 302]

Accommodates 18. Managed by the Judaic Studies unit, the Libraries coordinates reservations for this space. Tables and chairs are flexible and can be arranged in classroom or conference style. There is a podium with laptop, microphone and projection capability. A conference phone can be requested. Food and drink are not allowed in the Stern Seminar Room unless special arrangements are made. Contact Library Administration (215.895.2750) to reserve this space.

DSLP Collaborative Partnerships Room [WW Hagerty, L25]

Maximum capacity is 15; available to Drexel faculty and staff.

The room is designed for flexible use and is furnished with movable desks/chairs, whiteboard, projector, and internet connectivity. Adjacent to the room are several small study rooms that can be reserved for breakout activities. A recording booth is also located in close proximity and supports an oral history program.

Drexel’s Student Learning Priorities [DSLP] are the focus of this space in the lower level of W. W. Hagerty Library, where departments from across campus can work collaboratively to support student achievement. This room is designed to create experimental space in support of the Libraries strategic direction to establish a focal place to master and experience application of multiple literacies and information technologies, while seeking to enhance the collaborative efforts of programs across campus that are engaged in the same purpose.

The DSLP Collaborative Partnerships group includes faculty and/or professional staff from the Writing Center, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Institutional Research, the English Language Center, the Center for Academic Success, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, the Libraries and more. The Libraries is interested in expanding the collaboration and are seeking other campus partners interested in piloting programs to leverage cross campus expertise to coach students toward strengthening their DSLP competencies.

Computer Lab [WW Hagerty, L13C]

Room capacity is 35 people; available to Drexel faculty and staff.

Includes projector and Smart Board, 28 workstations, and instructor station.

Computer Lab [WW Hagerty, L14]

Room capacity is 35 people; available to Drexel faculty and staff.

Includes projector, Smart Board, 35 workstations and instructor station.

Conference Room [Hahnemann, 1204B]

Capacity is 12 people; available to Drexel faculty and staff.

Includes telecom equipment for distance interactions with Sacramento campus.

Computer Lab [Hahnemann, 1208]

Room capacity is 35 people; available to Drexel faculty and staff.

Includes projector and 24 workstations.

Library Learning Terrace

The Learning Terrace is designed to facilitate self-directed learning. The furniture is mobile to accommodate multiple learning styles, accommodating large groups, small groups and individuals. Projection and writing surfaces are available. The environment has windows and there is little traffic moving through the space. It offers the opportunity for learners to interact with peers, librarians, tutors, technology experts, faculty and other learning mentors.

The Terrace may be reserved for programs that support student learning and or partnerships with the Libraries’ programming efforts when not open for student independent and self-directed learning. Non-library sponsored events are restricted to the Drexel community. Maximum occupancy is 120; catering, security, technology support and housekeeping charges are separate. Contact Library Administration (215.895.2750) to reserve this space.

Note: The University Registrar manages three classrooms within the Libraries [WW Hagerty, L13A & L13B and Hahnemann, 2235] and these rooms are not reservable by or through the Libraries.